Summer 2020 graduation dates
Unfortunately, due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the University has taken the decision to postpone its graduation ceremonies in July. Potential dates in 2021 are being explored and we're liaising with the Barbican Centre, in London, to ensure the 2019/20 cohort has a ceremony.
Winter 2020 graduation dates
Unfortunately, due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the University has taken the decision to postpone its graduation ceremonies in December. Potential dates in 2021 are being explored and we're liaising with the Barbican Centre, in London, to ensure the 2019/20 cohort has a ceremony.
The invitation will be emailed to your personal and London Metropolitan University email addresses as held on your student record, we do not use any email address you use in email communication, only those placed on your record. It is a student’s responsibility to keep this information up to date.
If you have not received an invitation please log into your Evision account to confirm you have been awarded. You can also check the email address you have on record.
Guests from outside the EU
We appreciate that if you and/or your guests are coming from outside the EU to attend the graduation ceremony then you may require a visa to enter the UK. please visit the UKBA webpages for information about visitor's visas.
The University does not issue any special documentation in connection with visa applications to attend the graduation ceremony. You are advised to contact the Student Hubs if you require a letter confirming the dates of your graduation ceremony.
London Metropolitan University holds graduation ceremonies at the Barbican Centre which is in central London and is easily accessible by rail, underground and road. A map of the immediate area, clear directions and parking information are helpfully provided by the Barbican Centre on their website.
It is always worth checking the travel conditions in London before starting your journey and Transport for London (TfL) provides the latest travel information.
Remember that if you are driving into central London you may have to pay the London congestion charge.
The graduate ticket is free, but must still be ordered using the University’s official booking site. More information on how to book will only be communicated by your invitation letter.
Graduates and guests are seated in different parts of the hall and all tickets are non-transferrable.
The graduation is a formal and celebratory occasion and graduates may wish to enjoy the day with their family and friends. The duration of the ceremony is normally around one hour and 30 minutes. We ask for graduates and guests to respect their peers and to remain seated until the ceremony has finished.
Guest tickets cost £30 per person. You may purchase up to four tickets and if there are any extra tickets available, you will be able to purchase them on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the graduation ceremony.
Please note - payments for any extra guest tickets purchased on the day will need to be made by credit/debit card. We accept the following: Visa, Mastercard, Vpay, Visa Electron, Diners Club and JCB.
Any child over the age of two years old will require a ticket. There are no concession prices and tickets are checked by staff prior to entering the main hall.
Young children may become restless and cause some disruption to those seated nearby, in which case we would advise exiting the main hall. There are multiple television screens in the foyer outside the main hall, where the ceremony is televised, and children and their carers are welcome to use this area. Please note there are is no creche or child-minding facilities at the Barbican Centre.
If you or your guests have any special requirements, you should inform the awards team of this during the booking process. Please note that graduates normally ascend and descend the stage via a short set of steps. If this is problematic, please email us at email@example.com immediately and we can make alternative arrangements.
The Barbican has produced a very detailed Access Guide, which may help you identify any special requirements you may have for the day.
The new Vice-Chancellor has decided that academic dress (gown, hood and hat) is now optional for London Metropolitan University graduation ceremonies. However, as this is a formal event, we suggest graduates and guests are smartly dressed.
Ede & Ravenscroft provide the University officials’ gowns and also provide a gowning service for graduates which can be booked online in advance of graduation and on the day. Information about how to use this service will be sent in your invitation. Other suppliers are also available and if you choose to use them you will be required to bring your academic dress with you on the day.
Please note that only gown suppliers can assist with any queries you have regarding their services, the University cannot deal with these queries.
A photography service is provided by Ede & Ravenscroft on the day of graduation. They will have a number of photography studios available on the day in the Barbican Centre (not within the main hall). Photography can be ordered in advance when you order your tickets or on the day.
Other suppliers may be available, but other photographers will not be permitted to use Ede & Ravenscroft’s studios and can only attend in the main hall as a guest of the graduate. If they attend as a guest, they can only take photos from their seat and must not disrupt other guests around them.
On the day
It is highly recommended that you arrive at the Barbican Centre about 1 hour and 30 minutes before your ceremony is due to commence. This will give you time to register, collect your tickets, academic dress (if ordered), and to have your photograph taken. There will be queues, so please ensure you and your guests know where you each need to go and leave enough time.
The registration desk will open 1 hour and 30 minutes before the start of your ceremony. Join the queue appropriate to your last name to register, collect your graduate seat ticket, any guest tickets, and your presentation card (without these you will not be able to enter the hall). Please keep your presentation card with you at all times.
Collecting Ede & Ravenscroft academic dress
If you have ordered a gown via Ede & Ravenscroft or you wish to do so on the day, after registration turn to face where you entered the stalls floor and the Ede & Ravenscroft gowning area is in the far-left corner.
Once you have registered and collected your academic dress, you can have your photographs taken by Ede & Ravenscroft, which has studios located on the floor above (Level G, Ground Floor). Pre-ordering is recommended.
It's better to have your photograph taken before your ceremony if you have arrived in time to do so – but you must get to your seat in the main hall in good time before your ceremony is due to start.
We recommend you check in your coats and bags as soon as you can. This is directly behind the main registration desk.
We appreciate that for a variety of reasons, graduates can be delayed. If you do arrive late, staff will make every effort to accommodate you. However, we stress that if you arrive after the ceremony has commenced, to avoid disruption, your entry to the hall will be delayed until an appropriate point in the ceremony and you may not be located in your correct seat, and it may not be possible for you to process across the stage.
After the ceremony
London Metropolitan University provides a selection of drink for all graduates and guests. These are available on Level G, Ground Floor.
The Barbican Centre has a number of restaurants and cafes providing a range of food and beverages if you wish to use those services.
Ordering a recording of your graduation ceremony
Many graduates and their families will wish to purchase a recording of their graduation ceremony. This will be available to buy on DVD, or in high definition on a USB key, or as a digital download. These will be produced separately for each ceremony, showing your complete graduation ceremony. These will be provided by a company called mygraduationfilm.com which is responsible for filming, production, enquiries and sales.
You may order online or by post before or after the ceremony, or you may order at the ceremony. Normally, orders may be collected on the spot within an hour of the end of the ceremony, while digital downloads will be forwarded in the form of a link. However, if you want your DVD to be posted, we recommend that you order on the day of your ceremony by visiting the sales desk at the Barbican. For orders submitted at the desk the UK postage and packing charge will be waived and an equivalent reduction will be applied to the worldwide postage and packing charge. These discounts do not apply to orders submitted in other ways. Twin packs (family packs) are available at a substantially reduced rate. Any inquiries should be directed to enquiries@mygraduationfilm
Your award certificate
Certificates are not issued at the graduation ceremonies. They are usually posted together with your transcript, normally within six weeks of the conferral of your award, which is the date of the University Awards Board. Please ensure your contact details are correct on the system and make any amendments on Evision.
When booking you must agree to the Terms and Conditions of which one is "I understand that once booked, tickets are neither refundable nor transferable."
However if after booking tickets you find that you/your guests will not be able to attend, please contact us and explain the circumstances and if this is prior to your seat/ticket allocation (two and half weeks before the ceremony) we may try to reallocate the seats.